Fast, Loose Beginnings: A Memoir of Intoxications

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Melbourne University Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 243 pages
Since his late teens, Kinsella has been rubbing shoulders and working with a host of acclaimed poets. The book opens with Kinsella on a bender in search of Dorothy Hewett, and goes on to tell the story of his friendships and massive fallings-out through the highs and lows of addiction. In this contentious account, Kinsella weaves his impressions of these figures personally, with a lively and incisive commentary on their place within the broader literary culture. Here, in good company, are intimate portraits of Dorothy Hewett, Les Murray, American literary critic Harold Bloom and French philosopher Jacques Derrida, as they have never been seen before. As a highly respected poet and critic, Kinsella brings clarity and biting irreverence to the writer's life, making this encounter with literature vividly alive.

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Western Australia-born John Kinsella has been one of Australia's most interesting and prolific poets for some years. His poems about our rural landscapes are of especial interest. Now a professor of ... Read full review

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